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When to Consider a Crashworthiness Case

A crashworthiness case is usually the lawyer's last resort. At the same time, in the face of catastrophic injury or death from an automotive crash, and in the absence of obvious liability against another financially responsible defendant, the possibility of a crashworthiness case should be considered from the outset for two reasons:

First, is the need to gather and preserve important physical evidence which can easily be lost unless steps are taken for its preservation;

Second, but equally important, is the need to avoid strategic mistakes which may weaken a viable crashworthiness case. For example, an insurance carrier may offer to pay the policy limits for an obviously liable defendant with a minimum $25,000 policy. Often, such an offer should not be accepted! The settlement would mean nothing to a quadriplegic with hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical bills, but could give a liable automotive manufacturer a $4 million credit against a $20 million verdict several years later.

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Past success in litigation does not guarantee success in any new or future lawsuit.
Our web site describes some of the cases that the attorneys of Perry & Haas have worked on in the past.

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You should be aware that the results obtained in each of the cases we have worked on was dependent on the particular facts of each case. The results of other cases will differ based on the different facts involved.